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Zoe Martens

Welcome the MHR Class of 2022: Zoe Martens

Welcome Zoe Martens to the Master’s of Human Rights class of 2022! Originally from Minneapolis, Zoe has spent time in Mexico both as a Fulbright recipient and doing legal advocacy work with migrants seeking asylum in Mexico. Zoe is excited to deepen her knowledge on and experience with migration and human rights advocacy work at the University of Minnesota. To learn more about Zoe, continue reading below!
Christopher Grathwol

MHR Student Assists in the Advancement of Unarmed Civilian Protection

Christopher Grathwol (MHR '21) is a second-year Master of Human Rights Student with a concentration in conflict and international security with a regional studies focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Over the summer, Christopher worked with Nonviolent Peaceforce assisting with multiple projects focused on unarmed civilian protection. To learn more about Christopher's experience, read our interview below!
Samiira Husein

Welcome the MHR Class of 2022: Samiira Husein

Welcome Samiira to the Master’s of Human Rights class of 2022! A Minneapolis native and graduate of the University of Minnesota Samiira, looking to deepen her knowledge of human rights in both theory and practice as well as acquire the hands-on experience necessary to promote the protection of Indigenous peoples’ rights, decided to apply to and attend the MHR program. Read below to learn more about Samiira! 
Bassel El Mrawed

Welcome the MHR Class of 2022: Bassel El Mrawed

Welcome Bassel, “Bas”, El Mrawed to the Master of Human Rights class of 2022! Bassel arrived in Minnesota from Lebanon, where he spent most of his life as a young adult, after having moved from Venezuela. Bas’s history working with NGOs on human rights issues, coupled with his personal experiences bearing witness to and experiencing injustices, discrimination, and poverty, have led him to pursue his studies in human rights at the University of Minnesota. Read below to get to know Bas!
Stephanie Tice

MHR Student Supports Families Affected by Deportation

Stephanie Tice (MHR '21) is a second year Master of Human Rights student with a concentration in NGO leadership and management. Over the summer, Stephanie interned with the Minnesota Interfaith Coalition on Immigration where she was immersed in immigration advocacy by being able to connect with families impacted by deportation first hand. Read our interview with Stephanie below to hear about her experience.
Ta'Mara Hill

MHR Student Investigates Social Insurance Mechanisms in the United States

Ta'Mara Hill (MHR '21) is a second year Master of Human Rights student with a concentration in conflict and international security. This summer, Ta'Mara interned with the National Academy of Social Insurance where she had the opportunity to research U.S. social insurance systems, including through comparative analysis of U.S. health policies to other global health systems. Read our interview with Ta'mara below to hear about her experience.
Nkuli Shongwe

MHR Student Examines Protection Networks for Black Lives Matter Activists

Nonkululeko (Nkuli) Shongwe (MHR '21) is a second year Master of Human Rights student with a concentration in economic, cultural, and social justice. Over the summer, Nkuli worked with HRP Director Barbara Frey, Senior Fellow Janet Walsh, and other MHR students to develop a report in partnership with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN OHCHR) on protection networks for human rights advocates. Nkuli's work focused primarily on networks for Black Lives Matter advocates in the United States. Read our interview with Nkuli below to hear about her experience.
Photo by Hunter Johnson.

Building a Human Rights Database: A View from the Ground

There are over 70,000 reported disappearances in Mexico since 2006. Most of these cases remain unsolved and very few have led to a conviction, as they are failed by a criminal justice system, and often characterized by silence, impunity and corruption. Take a look at how research team from the Observatory on Disappearances and Impunity in Mexico led by Human Rights Program Director Barbara Frey has worked to tackle this problem over the summer.
Paige McLain

MHR Student Researches New Techniques for Unarmed Civilian Protection

Paige McLain (MHR '21) is a second year Master of Human Rights student with a concentration in conflict and international security. Over the summer, Paige worked as a fellow for the Human Rights Lab where she had the opportunity to create a report for Nonviolent Peaceforce focused on unarmed civilian protection. We recently caught-up with Paige about her summer experience in the short interview below.

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